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Jurisprudence as Narrative: An Aesthetic Analysis of Modern Legal Theory

By Robin West

Abstract

Recent legal scholarship has engaged in a growing dialogue tying literary criticism to jurisprudence. In this article, Professor Robin West adds her voice by advocating the reading of legal theory as a form of narrative. Drawing from Northrop Frye\u27s “Anatomy of Criticism,” Professor West first details four literary myths that combine contrasting world visions and narrative methods. She then applies Frye\u27s categories to Anglo-American jurisprudential traditions and employs aesthetic principles to analyze influential legal theorists within these traditions. Finally, Professor West argues that recognizing the aesthetic dimension of legal debate frees us to realize our moral ideals

Topics: law and literature, aesthetic analysis, modern legal theory, myths, narrative, natural law, positivism, liberalism, statism, Legal History, Public Law and Legal Theory
Publisher: Scholarship @ GEORGETOWN LAW
Year: 1985
OAI identifier: oai:scholarship.law.georgetown.edu:facpub-1495
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